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  1. Toryu

    B-17 Ground equipment

    I haven't seen this one as a model yet. It would be very attractive for sure.
  2. Toryu

    B-17 Ground equipment

    Hi Phigla, I don't know what you mean with 'fire tanker truck' - is it the GMC fuel truck? See here: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Tamiya-32579-US-2-1-2-Ton-6x6-Airfield-Fuel-Truck-1-48-scale-kit/273784574061?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160323102634%26meid%3Dee5ac3e3c4ef43fcb770bc9bff1e1c0f%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D293040855759%26itm%3D273784574061%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1 I also posted more airfield vehicles and additional kit information here: Cheers, Michael
  3. A preview of a combo of vehicles which got ready for my next airfield diorama. These kits are hard to find in 1/48 and I was lucky to spot them on the web a few years ago. Both are resin with some PE parts. The Dodge WC 52 - or ¾-ton 4x4 Truck - comes from Pilot Replicas, a Swedish firm which offers it with markings of the Svenska Flygvapnet. The kit is a gem with nicely crafted detail. The resin parts are quite resilient and not too difficult to assemble as long as you DON'T follow the instructions. Pilot Replicas suggest to add the body structure piece by piece (hood - cabin - cargo bed) to the completed chassis. This is not a good idea because the various elements won't align properly and leave considerable gaps. After dry-fitting I decided to first assemble the body as a whole. Eventually cutting and sanding became inevitable to harmonise floor and chassis. Some weakness in the wheel/tyre assemblies made me develop a sturdier method of fixing them to the axles. Finally I added a few details like the front features, the open windscreen and the movable tailgate. Decals from the spares box completed this enjoyable model. There were two versions of the so-called 'Weapons Carrier' in the ¾-ton category, the WC 51 (w/o winch)1 and WC 52 (with winch), of which some 255,000 were built. Incidentally, WC was not an abbreviation of 'Weapons Carrier' but the Dodge model code. The truck was extensively used by the US Army. On airfields it served various tasks such as personnel and cargo carrier, field workshop or tow vehicle. In tow here is the 600 gal A-1 Fuel Trailer from Des Kit. The box contains only a dozen parts which are easy to put together. Not uncommon for a resin model it calls for meticulous sanding to remove excess material, and for some additional detailing, partly provided for by the PE parts that are included. The trailer was manufactured by Standard Steel Works. I didn't find any documentation about the A-1 in US Army Technical Manuals2, and Des Kit's instructions are very poor, not even showing every available part. Some details were copied from an inspiring model which I detected on internet, others are fancied. The lettering comes from the decal pool and my printer. I hope you like the pair. For more great airfield equipment follow this link. Thanks for looking - Michael 1 MIG Productions had a WC 51 (48-065) and a WC 54 Ambulance (48-197) in their catalogue but it seems they are sold out. 2 I also ordered the A-3 Fuel Trailer from CMK (8031). The two models have different pump and pipe systems and other small variations. The A-1 looks like using a petrol engine to drive the pump while the A-3 had a hand pump. References U.S. WWII Dodge ¾-ton 4x4 WC-51 & WC-52 Weapons Carrier, Technograd Technical Manual Series No.6031, Erlangen, 2014 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_WC_series Trailer Fuel Servicing 600-gal. Type A-3, U.S. War Department Technical Manual TM 9-2800, Page 456, 1943 http://www.milinfo.org/2019/09/remorque-600-gallons-type-a-3-us-air-force-au-1/48-des-kit.html
  4. Very nice build. The scheme is indeed strange. There are profile drawings in some books that replicate this 2-colour top camouflage on late A6M2s (if I remember it correctly). In this case I would have doubts and rather attribute it to weathering (would need the original pictures to make a more profound judgement). The blue band around the fuselage would be very unusual, too, on a late-war green Zero (maybe red??). I guess this is an A6M5b because the 'c' sub-variant had an additional 13 mm gun in each wing. A very interesting model for discussion and superbly finished. Michael
  5. Such a lovely Dr.I! The appearance is just perfect - I would also assume that the Baron's ship was wiped clean between missions. The colourful liveries of WWI and their owners demanded this effort.
  6. Perfect desert camouflage! Thank you for realising that not all DAK vehicles were painted sand yellow. When arriving in Africa early tanks etc. were painted Panzergrau, and many got never changed. My father arrived on 27 July 1941 with PzRgt 8 and carried on until captured by US Forces in Tunisia. Modello meraviglioso Filippo!
  7. Toryu

    B-17 Ground equipment

    Hi Philippe, look here: There is also a GMC fuel truck from Tamiya, and other US vehicles from various manufacturers that are sold out unfortunately but may still be available via eBay. I will post more info about 1/48 USAAF vehicles shortly - just follow the AFV section occassionally. Cheers, Michael
  8. Superb presentation! Why not fly it in formation with the jet version?
  9. That looks very smart! A wonderful model of one of my most favourite 'uglies'. I have been looking around for the A-8 Shrike but it seems unavailable, at least for under a fortune.
  10. Then only the rudder was repainted, and maybe not the elevators?
  11. Despite the photo evidence above, tail colours remain a bit mysterious. It seems that 'A Bit O'Lace' first had silver-doped rudder and elevators (as other 447 BG aircraft). After damage (to the port elevator/rudder) the rudder and the port (!) elevator were replaced with OD spares. The starboard elevator remained silver (first picture above). There is a colour picture in Freeman 'The Mighty Eighth in Colour' p. 118 showing 'A Bit O'Lace' in the background with an all yellow rudder (like the other planes in that picture), dated 8 April 1945. This points at a later all yellow repainting (elevators, too?) Please also note that the letter 'K' on the rudder was initially without stencil marks, and after repair was re-applied with stencil marks (picture above). So I would assume that after repair the 'K' on the port side looked different from the one on the starboard side. Another question refers to the OD port outer wing - would the underside be Neutral Gray (most likely as an entire replacement part) or NM? Or maybe only the aileron was Neutral Gray? Michael
  12. These are great ideas! I also developed a method over the years which is easy and fast: I glue the little pieces provided by PE sets into place (or - if unavailable - take a hair from a hairbrush cut short after fixing), then add a drop of white glue to the top and paint it when solid. The advantage is the late provision of the knob which means you haven't invested any time if you lose the piece. Happy modelling, Michael
  13. I have great memories of this kit which appears in my topic here. My 1971 effort isn't comparable to your fine build of course.
  14. This fuel truck looks fantastic. A very nice variation of the GMC topic in a great livery. Très bien modelé!
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